Let me start by saying my Hispanic husband is also Irish, hence our last name. For St. Paddy’s Day I decided to knit up a little shamrock pillow for him.
Let me emphasize the LITTLE part. I didn’t want to go too big because we don’t really celebrate St. Paddy’s day too much, but I did want to bring some of his heritage into our home for Anne’s sake. She now has the perfect size pillow for her babies.
Let me start with my camera went a little nutty last night, so what should have been 10 pictures is now more like 4 pictures. I ended up having to reformat my memory card again. I don’t know why this keeps happening but I do know that it is highly inconvenient!
For this pattern you will need the following materials:
- Chart – which can be found here
- 2 contrasting colors
- A row counter
- knitting needles (one size smaller than the size recommended for your yarn)
- A yarn needle
To start off with you should read your chart from right to left for the odd rows, and from left to right for the even rows. I know in my previous post, “Reading a knitting pattern” I stated that you read patterns from right to left, but I wrote this one to be read both ways to make the shamrock easier to knit.
You need to knit 2 pieces, a front piece and a back piece, using several techniques. Garter stitch, seed stitch, and stockinette stitch. I will be covering all of these in a series of video tutorials and tips and tricks, so if this pattern is a bit much for you right now, keep coming back to the blog for help.
Now the pictures that got corrupted on my computer show how I sewed this bad boy up.
- Place the front piece, face down on the back piece
- Pin in place
- With same yarn as your back piece, whip stitch the two piece together, leaving a large enough hole to turn it (about 2.5 inches)
- Turn piece right side out
- Stitch hole closed – you now have a shamrock pillow!